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Preview: Family-Friendly Artown

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July is just a few short days away, and if you’ve lived in this area any time at all, you know what that means: Artown!

This 31-day festival takes over the community each summer with endless ways to create and appreciate art in all forms – music, dance, theater, photography and more. Many offerings are geared towards kids and families, and better yet: most activities are free, all month long.

Stay tuned to Reno Moms Blog for an Artown giveaway coming up soon!

This summer, I think my 3-year-old daughter could be ready for a few Artown events, and there’s certainly plenty happening for older kids, too. I  checked out the online calendar for this year’s lineup, and here are a few things we’re putting on our list of Artown must-sees:

Family Festival, 5-7 p.m. every Monday night, Wingfield Park. This series promises games, crafts, face painting, mural art, bubbles and more, plus plenty of room to run in one of Reno’s prettiest parks. I can already see us bringing a picnic dinner and dipping our toes in the Truckee to stay cool while enjoying all the happenings.

Art Paws, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 7/21, McKinley Arts & Culture Center. Even BC (before child), my husband and I looked forward to this one every year. Dogs are welcome, and ours have always enjoyed the free frozen doggie treats, creating paintings with their paws and visiting with other animals, like pigs and horses. It’s also a great spot to find something special for your pets, with more than 80 animal artists, crafters and vendors. 

Popsicle Stick Figurines, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday, 7/27, Discovery Museum. $3 for museum members, $5 for non-members. This is one of several craft sessions the Discovery is hosting on Saturdays during Artown. My kid will flip when gets to make her own stick family with large Popsicle sticks, markers, buttons and Washi tapes.

In addition to those fun events, older kids will enjoy events like these:

Young Chautauqua’s Big Tent Celebration, 6-9 p.m., 7/17, 7/18, 7/19, 7/20, Rancho San Rafael Park. Kids ages 8-18 bring historical figures to life in fascinating performances, including Q and A with the audience and guest appearances from other young artists in our area. This year’s characters from the past include Amelia Earhart, Betsy Ross, Louis Pasteur, Cicero, Richard Nixon and Rosa Parks.

Tie-Dye Party,  10:-00 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, 7/13 and 7/27, PolyEsthers Boutique. $25. Nothing says summer like tie-dye, and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out and keep the colorful mess out of your home! White cotton shirts are your canvas (and they’re included in the fee for this activity).

Tell us: which Artown events do you look forward to every year?


About Annie McFarland

Annie McFarland
Happily married to her former neighbor, Annie is mom to three kids age four and under. She (mostly) balances life at home with working full-time in brand and media licensing. Off the clock, you can find Annie on the couch with her nose in a book (or pressed up against the Kindle), thinking about maybe doing some scrapbooking, or listening to NPR podcasts (she's what you call "indoorsy"). If it's football season, she will faithfully support her Southern husband by cheering on the Auburn Tigers and Atlanta Falcons.

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